What is the problem in Syria? What is Bashar al-Assad doing wrong?

I keep hearing about how there's civil war in Syria, but I don't fully understand what the problem. How and why did the war start? Has it calmed down now (since I don't hear as much about it in the media as I used to) or is it just the media that lost interest? Is Bashar al-Assad a dictator? show more I keep hearing about how there's civil war in Syria, but I don't fully understand what the problem.

How and why did the war start?

Has it calmed down now (since I don't hear as much about it in the media as I used to) or is it just the media that lost interest?

Is Bashar al-Assad a dictator?
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